- Easier - Dance can
mean to move the body with rhythmic steps and
motion. Dance can also mean a certain set of steps
and motions, usually made in time to music. And a
dance can also mean a party at which the people
- Harder - Dancing
is the act of moving the body in rhythm, usually in
time to music. It seems natural for people to
express themselves through rhythmic movement. Young
children jump up and down when they are excited and
sway gently when content or at rest.
- Dancing is both an art form and a form of
recreation. Dance as art may tell a story, set a
mood, or express an emotion. Some dances consist of
symbolic gestures that tell a story completely
through movement. As recreation, dancing has long
been a people's source of fun, relaxation, and
companionship. In earlier times, square dances gave
families a welcome chance to socialize. Today
dancing at a party or other gathering remains a
popular way for people to enjoy themselves and to
make new friends.
- You can use this website to explore the world
of ballroom dancing, learn a new step, improve your
technique, or ask a question about anything
- Other Ballroom Dance Websites:
- 2) Ballroom Dance Steps Illustrated http://nfo.net/.DANCE/dance.html
- 3) Dance Coach On-line http://www.robertabrams.net/dancecoach/dancecoachhome.html
- 4) Much Ado About Ballroom Dancing http://OutDancing.com/Ballroom
- 5) Online Tutorial at DanceTV.com http://www.dancetv.com/tutorial/index.html
- 6) What You Should Know About Ballroom Dancing
- This is the website of an organization that
aims to provide services and information for folk
dancers, folk dance leaders and folk dance groups
throughout the United States and Canada.
of the Early Lindy Hop (The Original Swing
- Here you can learn how to swing dance. Learn
about the history of the Lindy Hop.
- Some More Good Swing Dance Sites:
- 2) Basic Swing Dance Step http://nfo.net/.DANCE/swing.html
- 3) Library of Swing Steps http://www.swingcraze.com/ussds/steps.html
- 4) Sonny Watson's Step Sheets http://www.StreetSwing.com/stepshts.htm
- 5) Swing Dance Steps
- 6) Swing On!-Track 7: Ask "Dr. Swing Dance"...
Biography: Modern Dance
- Learn about this history of modern dance and
the key people. Also, check out the links.
- After exploring several of the dance
websites below, complete one or more of
the following dance activities:
- Write A Dance Short Story.
Write a brief story that centers on a
dance or dancing. Let it sit a few days,
then reread and edit your story. Can you
improve it? Did you find any errors? What
kind of changes did you make?
- Create Directions for Ballroom
Dancing. Imagine that your best friend
has asked for your help in learning how to
dance. Develop dance directions to help
your best friend learn to dance. Choose a
type of dance, write a brief introduction
to the type of dance, create a list of
steps, and draw a diagram of the dance.
Make your dance instructions available to
your friends and peers.
- Draw or Paint A Dance Scene.
Create an artwork that shows a dance. It
could be a solitary dancer, or feature a
couple or group. Display your final
- Make A Dance Instruction
Videotape. Select a dance. Then plan
out and complete a videotape that
instructs someone on how to learn the
dance. When the videotape is done, use it
in a 'trial run' situation and see if it
is effective. Finish the project by
writing a journal report; in it summarize
by telling what worked best, what did not
work, and what you would do
- Learn A New Dance! Select a new
dance and then learn how it's done. In
addition to the website links, don't
forget that video instruction tapes are
available for many dances. See if they are
available at your library or maybe at a
rental store. You might start by
practicing solo and in front of the
mirror, then with a partner. Remember to
be patient, practice and master the basic
moves . . feel the music.
- Complete a Dance WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at
the following webQuest site:
- 1) Moving the Soul by Tevita L.
Williams (Grade 9-12)
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Native American Pow Wows (1966 ThinkQuest
- This website contains information about the
dances, rules, dress, and history of southern Pow
- The art of ballet is presented here. You can
learn about the historical development of the dance
through the courts of Europe, read biographies of
many well-known dancers, access descriptions of
popular ballets, and follow a "day in the life" as
a young dancer takes us through his grueling
- More Websites for Dance
- This is the website of the 'Double Toe Times,'
the magazine of clogging and percussive dance.
Ballet on the Net
- This is a collection of over 3,500 links to
classical ballet and modern dance resources on the
- More Ballet Websites:
- 2) History of Ballet http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/yiannis/dance/history.html
- 3) Online Ballet Dictionary (American Ballet
- Learn how to do moves like the windmill,
flares, handglide, and masterswipe.
- More Breakdancin Websites:
- 2) Breakdancing Moves http://www.angelfire.com/bc/kuruptcrew/moves.html
- 3) B-Boying http://www.msu.edu/user/okumurak/styles/breaking.html
- 4) Article on history of Breakdancing http://www.daveyd.com/breakin.html
- 5) Breakdancing Heaven http://www.geocities.com/breakdancingheaven/
- This website provides a brief history of
several types of ballroom dance. The site's aim is
to help you understand the similarities as well as
the differences of all the social dances
Cajun/Zydeco Dance Instruction
- This page is covers basic Cajun jitterbug
footwork and moves.
- Other Cajun and Zydeco Dance Instruction
- 2) Mamou Jitterbug Dance Instruction http://home.attbi.com/~nateg/mamou_jitterbug_dance.html
- 3) Dancin' in South Louisiana http://www.tabasco.com/html/music_letsdance.html
- 4) Tim's Cajun Pages http://www.elstree-online.co.uk/cajun/
Is Contra Dance?
- This is a great site with loads of practical
applications and information on contra
- Other Contra Dance Sites:
- 2) Contra Dancing http://www.freewheelers.org/1DancingFool/contra.htm
- This is a links-site to folk dances from around
of American Jazz Dance
- Since the 1920s, the term "jazz dance" has been
used to describe a constantly evolving form of
popular and artistic dance movement. Jazz dance has
improvisation and individuality at its core.
- More on Jazz Dancing:
- 2) History of Jazz http://www.centralhome.com/ballroomcountry/jazz.htm
- 3) Afro-American contributions http://www.theatredance.com/mhist03.html
& Western Dance
- Here you find directions for lots of country
- Related Country Dance Webpages:
- 2) Let's Dance (Ontario Dance Steps Index)
- 3) UK Choreographed Dance Database
- 4) Vicki's Country Dance Steps http://somd.com/entertain/vickirader/dance-steps.htm
- 5) Square and Line Dancing from Texas http://hometown.aol.com/cactusstar/home.htm
(How to Dance)
- Here are instructions for Polka dancing.
- Here you can find information on Pow Wow Dance
styles and other Pow Wow information.
- More Websites on Native American
- 2) Origin of PowWow
- 3) Native American: Dances http://sparc5.augustana.edu/library/dances.html
- 4) Interview with a Pow Wow Dancer
(How to Dance)
- The Schottische is one of the oldest of all
dances; it has been called a "combination of
- movements, a polka and a circular hop, the two
combined making up a most agreeable variety".
- Here is information about square dancing
recreation, a type of folk dancing.(Articles, Humor
- Related Dance Webpages:
- 2) Western Square Dance Dancer Terminology
- 3) What is Square Dancing, Round Dancing, and
- The most common complaint that is heard from
students, especially beginners, is that they have
"forgotten the steps" to a particular figure or
- Related Website:
- 2) Joining the Tango-L Mailing List http://www.mods.com/austintango/tangol.html
- This page is a singular source for a world of
information about tap dance, includes several
bulletin boards, biographies, steps, sources of
equipment, videos, books, events, studios, links to
more tap sites.
- This is the home of an online magazine about
- Websites For Teachers
at Lesson Plan Search (Grade 3-12)
- Here is a collection of dance lesson
- These dance/rhythmic lesson ideas may be
helpful to those who teach dance and rhythmic
- Similar Website
- 2) Arts Education K-6 Dance Lessons http://www.csuchico.edu/educ/cguenter/ALdance.html
Wow (Grade 2-3)
- This is a mini-unit for teaching students about
this Native American celebration.
of Dance in Education (Ask Eric
- This Digest article examines the rationale for
dance in education, the status of dance education,
and selected issues in dance education.
Curriculum Courses (UtahLINK)
- Here you find curriculum written to aid the
teacher and student to facilitate the learning of
dance as an art form. Contains ideas for K through
12 grade levels.
Plan by Reg Lavergne
- Students will develop an understanding of the
defining role of rhythm in Native music. Students
will also have the opportunity to identify and
practice specific rhythms.
Folk Dancing: Hungary and Romania (Grade
- The activity may be used in connection with a
music or physical education unit on folk dance or
Cotton Eyed Joe
line of dance
Created by Annette
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